Restore Function and Aesthetics with Dental Crowns

Porcelain and zirconia dental crowns can repair or replace damaged teeth. At the practice of Dr. Kenneth R. Giberson in Fairfax, VA, we can work with you to decide which type of crown will meet your needs and provide the best results. Because each patient is different, your treatment plan will be fully personalized to meet your specific needs.

What is a Dental Crown?

Commonly called “caps,” dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that help reinforce and strengthen a tooth following treatment for trauma or decay. Crowns can also serve cosmetic purposes by enhancing the appearance of a misshapen or severely discolored tooth. Patients who have lost a single tooth often elect to replace the tooth with a crown supported by a dental implant.

After the tooth has been reduced, a crown protects the remaining tissue.

Types of Dental Crowns

Metal crowns were commonplace in the past, but tooth-colored restorations made of strong and natural-looking materials have become much more common. We provide crowns made from three different tooth-colored materials:

  • Porcelain: All-porcelain crowns are durable and long-lasting. Custom-crafted for your smile, the crown is expertly color-matched for a natural-looking result.
  • Zirconia: Constructed from solid zirconium dioxide, this type of crown offers the best durability as well as a completely lifelike appearance.
  • IPS e.max®: These crowns are crafted from monolithic lithium disilicate ceramic. They are widely considered to have the most realistic appearance while still exhibiting exceptional strength.

We can recommend the right material for your restoration based on your needs and budget.

If you have lost a single tooth, suffered dental trauma or decay, or simply wish to achieve a dramatic enhancement in the appearance of a tooth, a dental crown may be the right solution for your needs.

Creating Crowns

A dental crown will require at least two office visits over the span of about two weeks. During the first appointment, the tooth will be treated for any decay or trauma. Next, the remaining tissue will be reshaped to accommodate a crown. Dr. Giberson will take an impression of the tooth, and technicians will use the impression to create your crown. We will provide you with a temporary crown, and in about two weeks, you will return to have the permanent crown set in place.

If you require an implant-supported crown, you will first undergo surgical placement of the implant, followed by a healing period of four to six months. Once you have healed, Dr. Giberson can place your dental crown.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can help a compromised smile to look complete, healthy, and attractive. This solution also provides many practical benefits: 

  • Improved Bite: When your upper and lower jaws do not meet properly, it can cause difficulties chewing and place excessive strain on your jaw joints. Crowns can restore the balance of your bite for proper function.
  • Prevention of Misalignment: A gap in your smile can cause surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant-supported crown can maintain the alignment of your smile.
  • Preservation of Tissue: In dentistry, the best solution is to preserve natural tissue whenever possible. If treating decay or trauma results in significantly reduced dental tissue, a crown can protect the remaining tissue and help you avoid further damage.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you have lost a single tooth, suffered dental trauma or decay, or simply wish to achieve a dramatic enhancement in the appearance of a tooth, a dental crown may be the right solution for your needs. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Giberson, call (703) 273-2040 or send us a message online anytime.